Day trips and tours

Nothing beats getting the inside word from a local showing you their favourite places around our neighbourhoods

Go behind the foodie scene with Philip in Petone

Tempt your taste buds and visit a range of artisan and local producers with Zozo Travel. Be captivated as you hear the story of wonderful creations, sample some delicious food and drink and get an exclusive behind the scenes look at five Taste Bud Partners. You will get to sample from a selection including coffee, organic ice-cream, smoked yogurt, cheeses, cured meats, chocolate and craft beer. Tours start and finish from i-SITE, cruise ship or local accommodation.

Zozo Travel tour participants at Ripe Coffee
Walk In Style tour

Join stylist Frances Hamilton on a fashion tour of Petone

154 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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Take a guided tour through the quintessential shops of Petone and become acquainted with some of the most faddish styles on the market. Jackson Street Programme have created Walk In Style, a unique and informative tour for fashion lovers and local enthusiasts alike. Throughout the tour you will be given historical information about some of the interesting quirks of Petone and the people that originally settled in this delightful town. After you will be treated to delicious platters at one of Petone’s most iconic restaurants.

Wellington Quad Biking Adventures quad coming down hill
Wellington Quad Bike Adventures two people on bikes with view of Orongorongo River
wellington quad bike adventures girl in river

Spectacular views and thrills a minute

1051 Coast Road, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

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Join Quad Bike Expeditions for an exhilarating guided off-road quad bike expedition over one of New Zealand's most rugged coastal environments, just 45 minutes from central Wellington. Covering 20 km of coastline and over 100 km of tracks, these expeditions will take you from sea level up to 900m, where the views are spectacular. Sometimes the mountaintop trails are shrouded in mist, giving you a sense of riding among the clouds. With trails to suit all riders and expert instruction, Nigel and his team will have you confidently riding the latest four-wheel quad bikes in no time. A guide-driven four-wheel drive tour is also available for those who wish to participate but not ride their own quad.

Join Mac for a horse trek

1114 Coast Road, Wainuiomata

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See breath-taking views of the South Island and Wellington Harbour from atop a horse with your guide, Mac. If you're lucky you might even see a pod of dolphins. One and two hour farm rides are available or choose a four hour beach ride with lunch. Coastal Views Horse Treks suits all riding abilities, provides safety equipment and is only 45 minutes from Wellington Central.

Coastal Views Horse Treks Wainuiomata river crossing CREDIT Love Wainuiomata
Coastal Views Horse Treks Wainuiomata on beach CREDIT Love Wainuiomata
Coastal Views Horse Treks Wainuiomata coming out of the river CREDIT Love Wainuiomata
Real Aotearoa motorcycle tours 3 people on bikes
Real Aotearoa motorcycle tours lots of bikes parked
Real Aotearoa motorcycle tours bikes parked

Tour on two wheels

18 Gear Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

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Get ready to feel the rush of adrenaline and the rumble of the exhaust as your set off on your adventure. Experience true paradise on two wheels with an Indian® Motorcycle as your cruise around on your own or with a guide from Real Aotearoa, a solely Indian® Motorcycle NZ Rental and Tour Company, here to give you unique and unforgettable experiences.

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Relive Lord of the Rings movie magic

Most know it as New Zealand or Aotearoa, but to some it’s called Middle-earth. Sir Peter Jackson’s much-loved Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed entirely in our fair nation, with many iconic scenes taking place in spots around the Wellington region. 

Rover Rings Tours is an incredible experience that’ll take you from site to site while sharing the cinematic stories behind the blockbuster series. You’ll even get a sneaky peek at some of the lesser-known locations, like the quarry that was transformed into Minas Tirith and Helm’s Deep. Many of Rover’s guides were crew members or extras in the series, so they’ve got on-set gossip and tales of celebrity encounters in spades. They also know all the best spots to nab that perfect Instagram shot.

Gandolf on the Lord of the Rings Tour by Wellington Rover Tours
Orks from Rover Tours on Mount Vic
Film location on Lord of the Rings group tour by Wellington Rover Tours
Merchandise store at Brewtown

Go behind the scenes at Brewtown

Join Craft Beer Tours Wellington on their beer-venture! Enjoy this unique brewery experience while taking advantage of their exclusive access to 3 award winning breweries where you can taste at least 12 good beers, bite into a set menu lunch and learn about how these breweries have taken the iconic old Dunlop Factory and made it .... brew.

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